Review – Undercover Attraction (The O’Malleys #5) by Katee Robert

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Review – Undercover Attraction (The O’Malleys #5) by Katee Robert

Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it's Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she'll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.

Aiden can't afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O'Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they're playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their "engagement" was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe-- even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.

Title: Undercover Attraction
Author: Katee Robert
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: His to Keep , Falling for his Best Friend, An Indecent Proposal, A Fool For You
Series: The O'Malleys
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: An Indecent Proposal, Forbidden Promises
Published by Forever
Source: Publisher
Published: November 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Crime Drama, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 352
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
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Katee RobertI like Katee Robert’s books.  She’s very good at creating complex and compelling characters, intriguing moral situations, sexy relationships and loads of suspense.  The O’Malleys epitomize the reality that very few people are either all good or all bad.  They’re a major crime family but they’re also very loyal and loving to each other, care about the less fortunate, are kind and loving.  Charlotte’s father is on the “right” side of the law and yet lacking in kindness and caring.  Being a cop doesn’t make him a great guy and being a criminal doesn’t make Aiden a bad person.

I really enjoyed watching Charlotte and Aiden deal with their preconceived notions that they can’t be together while becoming more and more attracted to each other.  They are so good together despite a lot of back and forth.  The tension was delicious.  Charlotte’s relationship with Aiden’s family was heartwarming.  Watching her heal old, deep wounds that had eluded Aiden was touching.

The fake engagement, the real relationship, the family dynamics would have been enough for a good book but Robert adds tons of suspense to keep the reader biting fingernails.  It seems there is no way everyone can come out of this unblemished and indeed there is a lot of physical and psychological damage but all can be healed with love.

Woven throughout is the budding relationship between Kiera and Romanov and another instance of “he can’t be all bad”.  I can’t wait for their story.

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Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her novel The Marriage Contract was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it “a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.



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“Come on.” Aidan stepped back and took her hand. “I have something to show you.”

He led the way up the back stairs and through a door she hadn’t explored yet. Charlie’s breath caught in her throat at the sight of candles flickering on a table laid out with a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a whole spread of Chinese takeout.

She let go of his hand and wandered over to peer into the boxes. “How did you know that crispy pork belly was my favorite?” Just like that, the pieces clicked together. She snapped her fingers. “You had your sister feel me out?” She’d thought Kiera had been asking about her favorite food so they could pick a local place next time they ventured out of the house. “Shady. Very shady.”

“I am a mob boss, after all.” He came around the table and poured them both a glass of wine. “I have it on good authority that this cab pairs well with Chinese takeout.”

“How classy of you.” It was like stepping into another realm of existence as she sat down and accepted the glass of wine while he filled two plates. When Aiden had said that he wanted a dinner date with her, she’d assumed that meant dressing to the nines and going out somewhere fancy. She said as much.

He snorted. “Eating out always serves a purpose. Either you’re making a point, or ensuring you’re seen by someone specific, or conducting a business meeting. We’ve been making points and playing parts since we met. I’d like to try something new—having a relaxing conversation. Just me and you, Aiden and Charlie, not the leader of the O’Malley clan and the former-cop-turned-fake-fiancée.”

“Do you think that’s even possible?” Such a short time together, and it was clear they both had a boatload of issues. It was easy enough to ignore when they were banging each other’s brains out or pretending to be something they weren’t, but holding down a conversation without those masks in place? She wasn’t sure it was a good idea.

Because I already like him.

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